East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks: Yanzhong Huang - "Toxic Politics: China's Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State"

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Yanzhong Huang

Yanzhong Huang will discuss Toxic Politics: China's Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State.

Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies and The Contemporary China Series

Virtual event


About the book: Environmental degradation in China has not only brought a wider range of diseases and other health consequences than previously understood, it has also taken a heavy toll on Chinese society, the economy, and the legitimacy of the party-state. In Toxic Politics, Yanzhong Huang presents new evidence of China's deepening health crisis and challenges the widespread view that China is winning the war on pollution. Although government leaders are learning, stricter and more centralized policy enforcement measures have not been able to substantially reduce pollution or improve public health. Huang connects this failure to pathologies inherent in the institutional structure of the Chinese party-state, which embeds conflicting incentives for officials and limits the capacity of the state to deliver public goods. Toxic Politics reveals a political system that is remarkably resilient but fundamentally flawed. Huang examines the implications for China's future, both domestically and internationally.

About the author: Yanzhong Huang is a Professor and Director for Center for Global Health Studies at Seton Hall University and Senior Fellow in Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

About CEAS: The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and its three Committees — the Committee on Japanese Studies, the Committee on Chinese Studies, and the Committee on Korean Studies — work to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and abroad, and to foster communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the community of professors and students at the University of Chicago and throughout the wider East Asian Studies community.

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